Filtermist is looking forward to a strong 2021 after completing a number of business improvements. The company restructured towards the end of 2019, going from eight legal entities to two, and making changes to its sales and manufacturing operations - all of which mean it is now in a strong position to maximise domestic and international demand.
The sale of the Gallito and FastClip brands has recently been completed in a deal that includes the assets of Filtermist's Wetherby manufacturing site. The two brands were acquired as part of the DCS Group acquisition at the beginning of 2019, but were not core to the growth strategy of Absolent Group AB, Filtermist’s parent company.
A major lean manufacturing project is being undertaken at Filtermist's Northampton production site to identify a host of further operational improvements - an exercise that will also be rolled out across its two Telford sites later this year.
James Stansfield, CEO of Filtermist, commented: “We have been through a number of significant changes which began way before Covid-19 and, as a result, we are now even more agile and flexible. Like many businesses, we have also had to make some difficult decisions and had to let some good people go, however, we have also welcomed new colleagues who all bring new skills and experience to Filtermist.
“This year we will be actively targeting markets which are relatively new to us, whilst ensuring we maintain attention on our core business. The continuing focus on the virus means that more people than ever before are aware of airborne particles and how dangerous they can be.
“Our products and services do not remove Covid-19 particles from the air inside factories, but they do help employers ensure that the air their employees are breathing is free from industrial contaminants, including oil mist, dust, smoke, fume and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
“This means people are less likely to develop occupational lung diseases - meaning if they are unfortunate enough to suffer with Covid, they should not be as adversely affected as those with existing health conditions, such as respiratory diseases.”
Filtermist is planning on exhibiting at the CIMT show in Beijing in April, the recently rescheduled Foodex exhibition at the NEC from 5th - 7th July, and then EMO in Milan in October where it will be exhibiting with other Absolent Group companies.
“2020 was a year nobody could have predicted, but we believe that lots of positive changes have resulted from it. We have implemented new remote and flexible working policies which have been extremely well received and we have a loyal, dedicated workforce committed to making 2021 a success.”